Introduction to the Study Manual
Welcome to this study manual for Managing in Organisations.The manual has been specially written to assist you in your studies for theABE AdvancedDiploma in Business Management and is designed to meet the learning outcomes specifiedfor this module in the syllabus. As such, it provides the basis for your study of each subjectarea, guiding you through the various topics which you will need to understand. However, atthis level, it is most important that you do not rely solely on the manual as the only source of information in studying the module. It is
that you read more widely around eachtopic, and we set out below some guidance on additional resources which you should use tohelp in preparing for the examination.The syllabus for the module is set out on the following pages and you should read thiscarefully so that you understand the scope of the module and what you will be required toknow for the examination. Also included in the syllabus are details of the method of assessment – the examination – and the books recommended as additional reading.The main study material then follows in the form of a number of study units as shown in thecontents. Each of these units is concerned with one topic area and introduces you to the keyconcepts, themes and issues of that area. They are, though, designed to be a starting pointat this level, and provide a framework for developing your knowledge and understandingthrough your own learning, rather than everything you need to know for the examination.You need to think critically about what you read and develop it by further reading and relatingit to your own experience and understanding of applications in the real world.Note that the examiners for all the modules at theAdvanced Diploma level have statedclearly that it is not sufficient to learn the material in this manual and repeat it in theexamination. You must demonstrate depth to your understanding by having read andthought more widely about the topics under discussion.
ABE website – www.abeuk.com. You should ensure that you refer to the MembersArea of the website from time to time for advice and guidance on studying andpreparing for the examination. We shall be publishing articles which provide generalguidance to all students and, where appropriate, also give specific information aboutparticular modules, including updates to the recommended reading and to the studyunits themselves.
Additional reading – As noted above, it is most important you do not rely solely on thismanual to gain the information needed for the examination on this module. You should,therefore, study some other books to help develop your understanding of the topicsunder consideration. The main books recommended to support this manual areincluded in the syllabus which follows, but you should also refer to theABE website for further details of additional reading which may be published from time to time.
Newspapers – You should get into the habit of reading a good quality newspaper on aregular basis to ensure that you keep up to date with any developments which may berelevant to the subjects in this module.
Your college tutor – If you are studying through a college, you should use your tutors tohelp with any areas of the syllabus with which you are having difficulty. That is whatthey are there for! Do not be afraid to approach your tutor for this module to seekclarification on any issue, as they will want you to succeed as much as you want to.
Discussion with other students – If you can, you should consolidate and test your knowledge and understanding in discussion with others. This can add an importantdimension to your studies at this level by explaining and justifying your understanding,or challenging the understanding of others.